Spurs-linked midfielder told he should not have joined Manchester United

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Donny van de Beek, who reportedly snubbed a move to Spurs in favour of joining Manchester United made a bad mistake by joining the Red Devils, according to Dutch legend Marco Van Basten.

It was reported back in August that Spurs made a late attempt to hijack the Van de Beek deal but the midfielder decided on moving to Old Trafford instead.

The 23-year-old has since admitted that his international teammate, Steven Bergwijn even texted him asking him if he would come to Spurs but instead had his heart set on a move to Old Trafford (Destentor).

Things have not gone according to plan for the former Ajax man in his first couple of months at Manchester as he has found regular game time hard to come by.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named him in the starting line up just once since his arrival at the club, with the Dutch international even failing to make the bench in their 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Saturday (transfermarkt.com).

Van Basten insisted that the midfielder should have been a little more patient and signed for a club where he would get consistent game time.

As quoted by The Daily Mirror, the former AC Milan man told Ziggo Sport: “Donny should not have gone to Manchester United.

“When you are a good player you want to play every week. It is really bad for a player like Donny to play only six or seven games this year.

“That is shocking for your match rhythm. I know he is earning loads and loads more than he used to.

“But as a top player, you have to be critical and look at the chances of playing when you sign for a new club.

“Donny should have waited for better prospects and signed for another club.”

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United’s move for Van de Beek seemed like a desperate one at the time and it was not  clear where he would fit in at Old Trafford, and that is exactly how it has proven. Solskjaer seems to have difficulties fitting Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba into the same team. So, there really is no obvious way in for the Dutchman. However, I am not sure a move to Spurs would have worked out for him either as we also have an embarrassment of riches in attacking midfield.

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